Pet Education
  • Last updated:
  • 20 Aug 2021

Changes due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Programs are conducted with COVID-19 safe measures in place to ensure community health and safety continue to be a priority.

Council continues to closely monitor the situation and will update any changes made to council's service delivery due to COVID-19.

Animals play an important role in the family. There is a responsibility for managing a happy and healthy family pet. Sunshine Coast Council offers free school and community programs to help the community to responsibly manage the family pet to be happy and healthy.

Pet care tips for a happy and healthy pet

Pet ownership has a positive effect on our mental health and during this challenging time it is more important than ever.

Tips and tricks

  • Maintain a healthy diet - be sure not to drop extra tasty treats to an always eager dog or cat.
  • Practice your baking skills to keep dogs satisfied with delicious doggy treats - healthy treat recipes are available online.
  • Keep your dog entertained by hiding healthy pet food treats in your garden - this game changer will entice even the most restful of dogs.
  • Use interactive toys that dispense treats - dry kibble is great or bake your own healthy pet snacks.
  • Keep your cat entertained by hiding some treats at different levels in your home.
  • Playing is a great way to exercise your dog and cat while at home and burn off pent up energy.
  • Remember the leash, tag and poo bag when taking your dog for a walk. For more information see keeping and exercising dogs.
  • Maintain your routine as much as possible - keep to the same feeding times and if you can't go for a walk, do a daily play session instead.
  • Be sure there are no bones laying around for children to pick up - this can make dogs very cranky if they think their most favourite snack has been taken away from them.

Pet behaviour tips

  • Introduce family training sessions to care and teach your pet some basic commands and fun tricks will not only build a closer bond but can help ease your pets’ anxiety level.
  • If working from home, use a baby gate to separate yourself from your furry pet where they can still see you, but not disturb you.
  • Excessive barking behaviour may occur due to increased foot traffic near your home. For information on how to address barking see barking and roaming dogs.
  • An active dog is a happy dog and helps to reduce nuisance behaviours at home. Visit one of our dog exercise areas in our region. See for locations which is also a mobile friendly website. Don't forget to bring a dog waste bag and dispose of it in a bin. 
  • Access online resources from local pet care experts for further behavioural advice.

Pet Awareness Programs

Pet education for kids

Each year in Australia, hundreds of children receive dog bite injuries and require medical attention. Children under five are most at risk. With pet ownership on the rise, Council has designed interactive programs for children to promote responsible pet ownership and dog bite prevention.  

Children can enjoy learning about pets with our mascots Sunny the dog and Sasha the cat through our programs.

  • Pet Education for Kids program (PE4K) - FREE and fun program designed for children 3 to 5 years old, presented at early childhood centres and community kindergartens.
  • Smart Paws Awareness Program - FREE, fun and educational program aligned with the Australian curriculum, designed for children from Prep to Year 6 and presented at primary schools.

For more information contact our Education Officer via or complete the booking request form[396KB].

Park the Bark seminars

Are you interested in learning how to manage your dogs barking behaviour.

Experienced vet Dr Cam Day, provides an entertaining presentation about why dogs bark and barking behaviour solutions.

Upcoming seminars will be advertised as they become available.

Community education events

'Pop up' information stalls delivering messages on animal management occur throughout the year. These include at charity dog walks, local community events and Neighbourhood Watch initiatives.

Do you have an event coming up? Would you like council to attend? Contact council via